This Earth Month, 5 earthusiastic teams participated in RU’s first Green Office Challenge. The challenge measured trash output, along with waste diversion through recycling, composting, and reuse. Teams also gained points tracking their sustainable transportation and use of electricity for a week. All of the teams did extremely well.
The Attainable Sustainables took first place at the Schaumburg campus. Their recycling habits are extremely noteworthy, as they had a 988.89% diversion rate (recycling items/trash items). Some of their proactive sustainability habits include regularly collecting excess office supplies from faculty and staff for redistribution, reusing shipping boxes and packing material for future use, and recycling their toner cartridges, and batteries through RU’s recycling programs.
The office of CCPA Enrollment took first place for the downtown campus, with exceptionally noteworthy reuse habits. They brought reusable lunch bags/tote bags for lunch every day of the week, and they also made use of RU’s e-waste program to recycle an old fax machine.
Some other sustainable highlights include team 648 Forever! keeping the lights off in their office for 3 days straight, and 1 team member took the stairs at least 2 times a day every day rather than the elevator. Team RUduce, RUuse, RUcycle and the Information Security team both tied for the most sustainable transportation points by using public transit and walking and/or biking to work.
All 5 teams received Green Office Certificates for their participation. Thank you to all of our participants!
Written by Sarah Tag